Archive for March, 2006

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Photoshop Video Tutorial: Make photo borders using actions

A simple way to automate the creation of a wide variety of borders to be added to your digital images.

Download Free Wall Photo Maker v3.2 Software

Wall Photo Maker

Name: Wall Photo Maker
Description: Wall Photo Maker software helps you to print photos (digital photos, film photos, digital art, graphics, scanned images, any digital image file) of huge size by enlarging it using highly advanced photo enlargement engine and splitting to the sheets of paper. You can apply 8 wonderful effects You can set any image size you want. Moreover you can save project and load it on other computer.
Also you can export image with effects applied. This gives you an opportunity to surprise people with amazing gifts or print your friend’s photo of full wall size.
License: Free to try; $20.00 to buy
File Size: Approx. 2.08MB
Requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

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Olympus Evolt E-330 – Review @ PopPhoto

Popular Photography Magazine has recently posted a review of the Olympus Evolt E-330, a 7.5 megapixel MOS sensor Digital SLR with Live View feature which enables you for framing of shots without the need to look through the view finder.

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“Noise is also improved at higher ISOs; it doesn’t reach Moderately Low until ISO 400. After that, noise reduction kicks in, holding noise down to Moderately Low even at ISO 1600, with about a 10 percent loss in resolution. (We also noticed a slightly higher dynamic range in the highest-quality JPEG images compared with the E-300, but this is not as obvious when you shoot in RAW or TIFF modes.)

The bottom line on this Evolt? It’s a splendid improvement over the E-300 in terms of image quality and AF sensitivity. And for the few hundred dollars more than you’d spend on the older E-300 ($600, street) or the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT ($750, street), you get the only DSLR capable of a live color preview — and a big, swiveling LCD monitor to enjoy it on.”

>> Olympus Evolt E-330 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Olympus Evolt E-330 Latest Price

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The Blossom Shooters

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Cherry blossom season in Japan shot by markal . Well done!

Canon EOS 5D £200 Cash Back Promotion

Canon UK has announced £200 Cash Back Promotion when you buy Canon EOS 5D DSLR between 21/2/06 and 306/06.

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Canon UK Press Release

Canon is offering, for a limited time only, £200 cash back to purchasers of the Canon EOS 5D. The ground-breaking EOS 5D is a full frame 12.8 Megapixel digital SLR in a compact, lightweight body. Customers who purchase the camera between 21 February and 30 June 2006 are entitled to the £200 rebate. The offer can be redeemed by sending a completed application form, along with the barcode and purchase receipt, to the Canon EOS 5D Promotion Centre. A sticker on the box of the camera will direct purchasers to a website that supplies full details of the cash back offer, including the Promotion Centre address, downloadable application form and the Terms and Conditions that apply to the offer.

Participating countries

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Panasonic DMC LX1 – Review @ Cameras.co.uk

Cameras.co.uk has recently posted their review of the Panasonic DMC-LX1, a 8.4 megapixels camera with CCD chip, RAW support, true native 16.9 wide aspect ratio sensor, and an optical image stabilization. In conclusion they wrote:

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1

“Both of the portrait photos are commendable. The colours showing in the outdoor portrait are very strong, especially when you consider the time of year the picture was taken. Many other digital cameras I have tested recently have produced outdoor portraits with a washed out feel. Here it is a different story and this helps to bring out the skin tones.

The indoor portrait is one of the best I have taken. The camera focuses well in less than ideal light and the level of detail is again outstanding. The camera handles the lighting well to produce a bright photo. With the flash unit popping up away from the lens there is no red eye showing in the shot. “

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Latest Price

Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 – Review @ Macworld

Macworld has reviewed the Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars and writes;

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Pros: Easy to use; time-saving photo-enhancement tools; before and after views in Quick Fix mode; multiple red-eye correction; easy knockouts using the Magic Extractor command; Raw support.

Cons: Bridge feels slightly sluggish; you must manually rotate vertical thumbnails within Bridge; can’t select foreground and background areas simultaneously with Magic Selection Brush tool. “

Photo Inspiration: Minimalistic Photography by Vera

Vera has a unique view of the world, she really knows how to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) which is often the best way to get strong and beautiful photographs.

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Click on the image to enter Vera’s Minimalistic Photo Gallery

Nikon D200 – Review @ Steve’sDigicams

Steve’sDigicams has reviewed the Nikon D200, a Digital SLR camera with a 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor, 5 frames per second with bursts up to 37 JPEGs (Fine-Large) or 22 NEF (RAW) images and a large 2.5″ LCD screen.

Nikon D200

“Image noise was essentially absent at sensitivity settings lower than ISO 400. Noise begins to appear at ISO 400, but the D200 provides in-camera Noise Reduction that is controlled by the camera’s menu system. High ISO NR can be set to Off, providing minimal cleanup at ISO 800 and above; Low, Normal and High settings control the degree of Noise Reduction at settings of ISO 400 and higher. The higher the level of Noise Reduction the greater the loss of fine image detail; the D200′s Noise Reduction settings allow the photographer to balance image noise and detail as he/she sees fit.

…The D200′s built-in flash is adequate for every day use, having a useful range of about 15-feet at ISO 100 at full wide angle on the 18-200mm lens. It doesn’t quite illuminate the entire frame at the lens’ 18mm focal length, exhibiting a bit of light fall-off at the corners. The lens hood should be removed when using the internal flash to prevent shading the flash output at the bottom of the image. “

>> Nikon D200 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
>> Nikon D200 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Nikon D200 Latest Price

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Canon EOS 30D, 5D and 1D Mark II N Firmware Updates

Canon has recently released new firmware updates for Canon EOS 30D, 5D and 1D Mark II N

- Canon EOS 30D Firmware Version 1.0.4: This latest firmware will fix problems displaying Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese on the LCD monitor when the display language is set to these languages.

- Canon EOS 5D Firmware Version 1.0.5: This latest firmware will fix the monochrome image bug and a problem with a combination of the EF 85 F1.2L and Speedlite 580EX

- Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Firmware Version 1.0.4: This latest firmware will fix the monochrome image bug and also an over-exposure problem when using Focusing Screen EC-S.

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